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NBA Draft: The case against picking Malachi Richardson

first_imgDaily Orange File Photo Published on June 16, 2016 at 10:06 am Facebook Twitter Google+ Liam Sheehan | Staff Photographer Turned overRichardson’s explosiveness toward the rim came with its drawbacks at times, as the occasional erratic drives mentioned in the case for drafting Richardson yesterday resulted in opponents breaking out in transition the other way.Richardson turned the ball over 79 times this season compared to 77 assists. He was the only ball handler on the Orange that had more giveaways than helpers — and it wasn’t even close. Michael Gbinije had a plus-55 assist-to-turnover margin, Trevor Cooney was plus-30 and Frank Howard plus-28.Richardson liked to use any and all space he had in front of him to maneuver the ball, but his lanky frame extended it too far out at times while exposing a flaw that needs reassuring before a team spends a lottery pick on him. Commentscenter_img Related Stories Malachi Richardson: ‘Shots will fall eventually, that’s what I’m here to do’Crunching the numbers of Malachi Richardson’s impressive responses to low-scoring 1st halvesHow Michael Gbinije and Malachi Richardson fared at the NBA Draft Combine on ThursdayMalachi Richardson reportedly signs with agent, officially ending his college career Posting upRichardson will likely be a two-guard in the NBA, but if a team needs him to play the small forward spot and feels comfortable slotting him there because of his success at SU in the position, he’ll need to develop some sort of potency from the low block.Comparisons to Kevin Durant and LeBron James are obviously far-fetched, but the two small forwards in have both mastered the turnaround jumper and distributing from the low block —something Richardson didn’t get much of a chance to do since he mainly had the ball on the wing and the top of the key.The added diversity would make him more appealing despite his perceived niche at shooting guard. But the lack of an arsenal from the low block may be a roadblock for his draft stock. The entire mock draft world hasn’t piled onto the Malachi Richardson bandwagon yet, and those holdouts may have valid reason.While there is a strong case to take the 20-year-old in the back end of the lottery in next Thursday’s NBA Draft, a cluster of flaws that popped up throughout his freshman season raise justifiable doubts. Scoring inconsistencies, an unproven low-post repertoire and a turnover-to-assist ratio less than one could steer teams away from spending a lottery pick, or even one in the late teens, on the former Syracuse wing.Here’s some analysis countering yesterday’s case for drafting Richardson so high, this time campaigning for his drop in the draft for argument’s sake.Front-loadedFor whatever reason, Richardson fared far better in the points column in second halves of games than in the opening 20 minutes this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHis responses to low-scoring first halves were impressive — he only scored in single digits six times in 37 games — and stretches where he seemed unstoppable bailed out his stat line and, at times, the Orange.But that same streakiness is reason for slight concern, as cold periods in his freshman season flashed some inconsistency that can only hurt the otherwise natural scorer at the next level.last_img read more


Syracuse field hockey opponent preview: What to know about Harvard

first_imgDespite a surprising first-round exit from the ACC tournament with a 4-3 overtime loss to Wake Forest, Syracuse earned the No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament. Third-seeded Syracuse hosts 16th-seeded Harvard this Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at J.S Coyne stadium.All-Time series: This is the first ever meeting between the two programs.Common opponents this season: Both Syracuse and Harvard played four common opponents during the regular season, including Boston University, Cornell, Pennsylvania, and Boston College. The Orange went undefeated against the four teams, outscoring its opponents 14-2. Meanwhile, the Crimson managed a 3-1 record against common opponents, outscoring them, 10-6.The Harvard report: Harvard won the Ivy league boasting an undefeated 7-0 record in conference play. The Crimson ranked 15th in the nation entering the tournament.Harvard relies on its defense to keep opponents at bay. The Crimson rank 12th in the NCAA with a 1.44 goals against average.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Harvard attack comes from the midfield, where all three of its top point-scorers play. Senior Marissa Balleza leads the way for the Crimson with 13 goals and three assists on the season. She is followed by Freshman Bente Van Vlijmen, who has 8 goals in her first year with Harvard, and Ellie Cookson, who hasn’t scored a goal but has assisted on 10 this season.The Harvard offense, however, has struggled this season as it ranks 44th in the NCAA in goals per game averaging just over two per game.How Syracuse beats Harvard: The Orange is the more balanced team heading into the first round of the tournament. If Syracuse reaches its average number of goals, more than three per game, it will likely outscore a struggling Harvard offense. As the heavy favorites, it will take a standard performance from the Orange to outlast the Crimson this Saturday.Stat to Know: 6-0 — Syracuse is undefeated at J.S Coyne stadium this season. Harvard has lost three games on the road.Player to Watch: Bente Van Vlijmen, No. 10, Midfielder.The Ivy league rookie of the year has tallied four goals in Harvard’s last two games. If Harvard hopes to keep up with Syracuse’s potent offense, the Crimson will need an outstanding performance from the freshman midfielder. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 11, 2016 at 12:42 am Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44last_img read more


[VIDEO] Kotoko fans boo players after 2-1 loss to Asokwa Deportivo

first_imgFans of Asante Kotoko have had a tough week after their team experienced two straight losses in their matches.The first reverse was the 1-0 defeat in Dormaa at the hands of Aduana Stars in Week 11 of the Ghana Premier League on Wednesday.Then, they watched their team fall 2-1 to Asokwa Deportivo on Sunday in the MTN FA Cup Round of 64  match played at the Len Clay in Obuasi.After the match, they let the players know what they made of their performances by booing and jeering at them as they boarded the bus from Obuasi and the video was captured by Angel FM’s Saddick Adams via his Twitter handle.Kotoko booed and jeered by their own fans“You take big money but you underperform” pic.twitter.com/AvKQWscp7p— Saddick Adams (@SaddickAdams) February 24, 2020Asokwa Deportivo came back from a goal down to score through Raymond Owusu and Godfred Abban after Richard Arhur had given Kotoko the lead.The result means that Kotoko now have the league as the only way to book a place in CAF’s Interclub competitions for next season.last_img read more